New Delhi: The NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was today elected the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha, defeating his rival Congress’ BK Hariprasad by 20 votes.
Harivansh, who belongs to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), got the support of 125 members, is the first-time parliamentarian becoming the deputy chairman of the Parliament’s Upper House.
He was journalist before switching over to the new profession.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Harivansh on his election as the deputy chairman.
Stating that August 9 is the anniversary of the “Quit India” Movement, PM said Harivansh Singh hails from Ballia, a land which has been linked with the freedom struggle, right from the 1857 war of independence. He added that Harivansh has been inspired by Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan.
Modi recalled that the new RS Deputy Chairman had also worked with former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar.
“Working closely with Chandra Shekhar ji, Harivansh ji knew in advance that Chandra Shekhar ji would resign. However, he did not let his own newspaper have access to this news,” the Prime Minister said, adding that this shows his commitment to ethics and public service.
Modi said Singh is well read and has written a lot. He has served society for years.